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Ethiopia‚Äôs 420MW Gilgel Gibe II hydro power project was officially inaugurated yesterday in a ceremony attended by foreign and Ethiopian government officials, media and business leaders.
The plant is currently the largest hydro scheme in Ethiopia. It features 4 x 105MW pelton units, a 26km TBM tunnel, penstocks and surface powerhouse. The project was built by Italian construction firm Salini Costruttori.
The third phase of the project on the Omo River, Gilgel Gibe III, is currently under construction. Once complete, this scheme is expected to generate 1100MW for Ethiopia, allowing the country to export power to neighbouring regions.
News date: 14/01/2010